Jul 3, 2017

Two gunmen open fire outside French mosque leaving ‘at least eight injured’

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Two hooded gunmen are said to have darted out of their Renault Clio at approximately 10.30 pm local time, before opening fire in front of the Arrahma mosque, in the Rue de la Grange d’Orel.

Worshippers were said to have been leaving the mosque as the gunmen launched their attack, although a source claimed they were not the intended victims.

One attacker was reportedly carrying a handgun, while the other man was said to have been armed with a rifle.

Police said four people were injured at the scene including a seven-year-old girl, and a family of four in a nearby apartment fifty metres away, sustained shrapnel wounds, La Provence newspaper reports.

A search for the two suspects is currently underway police have confirmed.

The incident comes weeks after a terrorist attack near Finsbury Park Mosque in north London which left one man dead and another eight injured.

Darren Osborne, 47, allegedly drove a rented van into worshippers with witnesses claiming the driver had said he wanted “kill all Muslims” after the attack.

France is on high security alert following a series of militant attacks in recent years.

Reuters was unable to immediately confirm the report, which cited a judicial source as saying police are “not at all treating it as terrorist related” and suspected instead a dispute between youths.


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